Amsterdam University Press
Montessori democratie
Title
Montessori democratie
Subtitle
Spanning tussen burgerparticipatie en de lokale politiek
Price
€ 25,99
ISBN
9789462981201
Binding
Paperback
Number of pages
128
Publication date
Dimensions
23.4 x 15.6 cm

Evelien Tonkens

Montessori democratie

Spanning tussen burgerparticipatie en de lokale politiek

According to experts, our democracy is not doing well. However, there is a point of hope: the local efforts of citizens themselves. Where citizens are acting hands-on, taking on tasks in their municipality, positive energy emerges. Local authorities mainly have the responsibility to 'let go'. This study looks at six locations in the Netherlands where people are renewing local democracy. What do the citizens involved and local politicians think about this? And what do people think that have nothing to do with this hip 'decentralizing'? The rise of the 'do-democracy' leads to a new political reality: the Montessori-democracy, with a lot of freedom for citizens' own initiatives. The municipal council withdraws and the relationship between citizens, local authorities and civil servants becomes more informal. This it great for people who are socially dexterous, but to represent common people it is not sufficient. Along with freedom for active citizens renewal of representative democracy is much needed.

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Author

Evelien Tonkens

Evelien Tonkens is professor of sociology at the University of Amsterdam.